The 10 Best Christmas Gifts that are not toys

The 10 Best Christmas Gifts that are not toys for Auckland Kids

Do your kids have too many toys?  Do you ask your children what would they like for Christmas and get  “I don’t know”? Have a look at what we think are the 10 best Christmas Gifts for Auckland Kids that are not toys.


1. A voucher for a day out of fun.


Amusement ride fans will love a Rainbow’s End voucher for a day of fun in the school holidays. For the younger kids who are aren’t tall enough for the big rides, there is Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End which is especially for  children 8 years and under too.


Or book tickets for the kids to the Whoa! Studios in West Auckland.   There is a film studio with live shows on a real movie set, an urban playground park with a giant crochet play net and a family restaurant.


2. Annual Memberships


MOTAT Mates Annual Passis great for kids that love transport, science and technology. The pass gives unlimited admission and tram rides and various discounts.


For star gazers a Starlight Explorer Annual Pass gives unlimited entry to planetarium shows, space gallery and courtyard telescope viewing at Stardome, free entry to school holiday sessions,  invitations to events, discounts and more. 


 For kids who love animals a Friends of the Zoo pass gives unlimited entry for a year to Auckland Zoo, invitations to exclusive events and various discounts. 

Or get a Butterfly Creek Annual Pass  which gives unlimited entry to Butterfly Creek for the year.


3. A voucher for their favourite activity


Whether it be rock climbing, trampolining, an adventure course or another activity the kids will love a voucher to use over the school holidays. For ideas of activities your kids may like see here.


4. Tickets to see a show in 2019


A ticket to one of Auckland Arts Festival family shows are great for kids who love being entertained. The shows are on in March 2019.


Or get tickets to see Disney’s Aladdin- The Musical at The Civic in January and February 2019.

5. Give a gift to a charity


For kids that like helping others. Choose a unique gift, then you get a card to give to your loved one and your donation goes to those who need it most. For example, you can buy a pair of chickens, a goat, a duck, a Xmas donkey,  give girls a head start at school, safe water and more from Oxfam  to help a family in poverty. Oxam is one of the top 5 humanitarian aid organisations according to the Bergen Project too.


6. Classes in the holidays or during a term at school


For kids who want to try a new after school activity there are classes in art,drama, music, sports, or a one day school holiday workshop on something they have always wanted to do or learn more about.


7. Books

For book worms buy a a new book for them to enjoy. Here are the Best Books for Kids 2018  according to the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.


8. Magazine subscriptions 


Subscribe to a children’s magazine that they will receive each month throughout the year, such as:
National Geographic KidsUpstart Magazine, and
Wacky But True.


9. Movie vouchers

For movie fans a Movie voucher to see the latest kids films in the holidays, such as an Event  Go and Treat Yourself Gift Card or a  HOYTS Gift Card.


10. Cooking recipies and ingredients


For kids who like to bake in the kitchen. Print out some recipes and wrap up the dry ingredients so that you can make something together in the holidays when they choose.


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